|Photo Credit: Us! The Daily City was invited to go inside the fountain by the City.|
Freeport Fountains, the company currently responsible for electrical, mechanical and computer maintenance of the Lake Eola fountain thanks to a 3 year contract awarded in 2017, will upgrade the fountain with new submersible LED lighting. The current system is outdated and is currently working at a 32% degradation rate with a potential risk of additional failure.
The estimated amount for the upgrade is $343,849.00 and comes with a one year warranty for equipment and workmanship. This goes before City Council for final approval April 16, 2018.
Freeport Fountains was awarded a three year contract for fountain maintenance in 2017 at a cost of $162,555.92 per year. That cost was "based on prior usage reports and information provided by the primary user" according to documents released January 2017.